While most elementary schoolboys are settling into a new school year this week, one 9-year-old in Rhode Island is working his way through a five-book deal as a budding author.
Colin Naughton, of Warwick, R.I., has already published his first book, is preparing for the release of his second book and is looking ahead to his first novel, about a superhero.
“My favorite part about being an author is, well, helping the kids because I’m a kid and I have fears like everybody has fears,” Colin told local ABC affiliate WLNE.
Colin’s first book, “Not So Spooky Halloween,” is the first in his “Not So Spooky” series that focuses on helping kids through spooky situations. In his Halloween book, Colin cast himself as the main character, a young boy named Colin, who navigates his way through the scarier parts of Halloween — such as a scarecrow and a scary barn — with the help of a hero.
Colin’s dad, Bill Naughton, a local podiatrist, said his son became a published author after a teacher read Colin’s first draft of the Halloween book, handwritten in pencil, and found it very creative, Naughton told the local newspaper, the Warwick Beacon.
Colin’s sister, Caitlyn, helped draw the illustrations for the first draft of Colin’s book that the family sent to publishers that Naughton found by searching online. Publish America responded and turned Colin’s story into a book now available on sites including Amazon.com, where it sells for around $20.
Next up in the “Spooky” series is a book on bedtime, to be released sometime in 2014. The remaining three books in Colin’s series will focus on going to the doctor, the dentist and the first day of school, the author told the Beacon.
After writing his first book in pencil, Colin has upgraded to a laptop, which he writes on every night. He told WLNE that he has even bigger plans for his superhero-focused novel.
“I can do anything because I can write books,” he said. “I’m hoping my novel can be on the big screen.”
The Naughtons, who did not reply to ABC News’ request for an interview as of this writing, said they are putting all royalties from Colin’s books into a college fund.